Lily Sparks | Cooper Cobra

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Cooper Cobra

by Lily Sparks

If Heart and Joan Jett had a baby and sent it to boarding school with Grace Potter you'd get a hard rocking band with killer vocals called Lily Sparks!
Genre: Rock: Rock & Roll
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2. Let Go
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3. Walk Away
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4. Where Are We Today
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"The EP is a fun romp of good old-fashioned rock and roll, with nothing to mask the things that make it great. It’s got wailing guitars, it’s got a vocalist that you can’t stop listening too, but most importantly it’s got songs that really stick with you. It’s fun music, pure and simple. " -Andrea Guy

"At just five songs, Cooper Cobra impresses. With so much to offer listeners, one can only expect big things from Lily Sparks in the future. Each track ranges between three to four minutes, never overextending its welcome. Throughout Cooper Cobra, Lily Sparks proves they have what it takes to successfully perform up-tempo, high energy tracks as well as softer, chilling ballads. As each track closes, the listener never quite knows what will be played next, but can be certain he won’t be disappointed. " - Annie Reuter

"In a music scene where shock-poppers, like Lady Gaga, and girl rockers, like Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, attract so much (too much?) public attention, it’s refreshing to once again hear an honest-to-goodness hard rocking girl band. Cooper Cobra will bring back memories of Heart, of course, as well as The Bangles during some of their more aggressive moments. Tracks such as “Stars” are good fun, but more thoughtful recordings, namely “Where Are We Today” and “The Girls”, reveal even more promise for this act, as they dig so much deeper. These women can definitely play and sing as well, so their future is bright. " - Dan MacIntosh

"One of the best things about Cooper Cobra is its playability.... It gets you moving. It makes you feel alive. You want to share its goodness with your friends. The only flaw is that Cooper Cobra is just an EP and 5 songs aren’t nearly enough when you get rocking with Lily Sparks. This is one band that you’ll want to hear more of, so let’s hope Cooper Cobra is the start of something big for this band, because I know that once you hear this EP you’ll be just like me, wanting more!" - Elfslut on- Mosssip! Your Guide to Everything Music (community.livejournal.com/mossip)

"Lead singer Niamh (Pronounced “neev”) is an Irish born classically trained vocalist, and it shows. About halfway through Cooper Cobra I fell madly in love with her voice. Niamh’s voice has the soaring melodic tempo of Heart’s Ann Wilson and the gritty soul of Janis Joplin.

Lily Sparks’s Cooper Cobra is by far one of the best rock albums that I’ve come across. With incredible vocals and a classic rock feel, this is an album for anyone that likes great music. Buy this album!" -Zack Daggy


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Rhonda Readance

Lily Sparks: Rock With Attitude
What do you get when you cross Pat Benatar with Chrissie Hynde, add a bit of Linda Perry and a dash of Lita Ford? You get Lily Sparks with a twist. Women of rock ‘n’ roll take heed. Lily Sparks has come out swinging with their album Cooper Cobra.

It begins with “Stars,” a fantastic song about stars, guitars and muscle cars. I t’s also about feeling fine and free, cruising down the road with some good tunes blasting and the wind in your hair. This is a killer track that simply rocks. Niamh’s vocals are spot on and she sounds extraordinary. The guitar screams, the drums and the bass are right in synch, and “Stars” sounds spectacular. There is an old school feel to this piece that makes me feel cooler just by listening to it.

“Let Go” starts a little slower and I totally dig the guitar riff. Niamh’s vocals are sultry and sexy and she sounds nothing less than perfect. I thought she sounded great while listening to the previous track, but I had no idea the sheer talent she had in those pipes of hers until I started listening to “Let Go.” Voices like that are few and far between. The whole song is seductive from Niamh’s voice to the rhythm of the drums and the bass to the guitar riff. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more seductive song. I would love to see this performed live. I could just imagine the looks on the faces of every male concert goer in attendance. They would be standing there gaped mouthed and drooling on themselves. That’s the power that this song has. That’s the power of Lily Sparks.

The next track, “Walk Away,” has a catchy groove and rhythm to it, and I am once more impressed with Niamh’s vocals. There is a bittersweet undertone to this piece, and beneath the pure unadulterated rock feel of it, there lies a quiet peaceful sort of pain that tugs at the heart. “Walk Away” gives me a sense of the softer side of Lily Sparks, especially while listening to the lyrics. At the end of this track, I am left remembering good times that have passed but have left me with warm memories.

“Where We Are Today” is definitely a softer tune and I’m glad to hear it. They slow it down a notch and I find myself really focusing on the instrumentation in this one. As usual, Niamh hits it and she sounds amazing, but this track allows me to see what the rest of the band is made of. The sound of this piece it truly phenomenal and each member of the band are in tune with the others, and I’m not just talking about being musically in tune. I get a sense that the members of Lily Sparks are in tune with each other mentally and emotionally as well. This is a great collaboration of talent and it could not possibly sound any better.

The final track, “The Girls,” has a slightly country vibe to it and this catches me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting a country flavor, but I welcome it. It only goes to show that Lily Sparks is diverse and can play several different styles of music, which is always a good thing for any band. “The Girls” is definitely the slowest track on the album and it’s more of a story than it is a song. The lyrics take me to other places in my mind and I am there; in New York City, on Bleecker Street, heading to O’Donnell’s to have a few rounds with the girls. There is excellent imagery in this piece. I feel warm and friendly towards a place that I have never been, and I feel even warmer towards this band that has made me feel a little bit of everything. I went from feeling cool and walking with a strut, to remembering old memories and feeling that old bittersweet pain, to feeling nostalgic for a place that I have never been. When a band can bring forth so many emotions that are so wholly unconnected, that’s when I know I’ve just heard something extraordinary.

Ariel Hyatt

Pick Of The Week
Cooper Cobra by Lily Sparks is proof positive that classic rock albums are still being made and that it doesn’t take years to mature into a classic. When you have it, you have it–and Lily Sparks has it!

The band…

Lily Sparks makes up Niamh (Lead Vocals), KG (Guitar & Vocals), Nikki 7 (Guitar & Vocals) and Mick (Drums). Lead singer Niamh (Pronounced “neev”) is an Irish born classically trained vocalist, and it shows. About halfway through Cooper Cobra I fell madly in love with her voice. Niamh’s voice has the soaring melodic tempo of Heart’s Ann Wilson and the gritty soul of Janis Joplin. Some of the band’s punk-like vibes, especially in the track “Stars” I suspect is due largely to Guitarist KG, who learned to play in a punk-rock band. The punk influence gives the band an extra edge that cranks things up to eleven and allows Nikki 7 and Mick to amp it up to twelve, thirteen and well beyond.

The tracks…

“Stars,” the first track off of Cooper Cobra isn’t the deepest track lyrically, but who the hell cares? It rocks! Stars is all about the kind of rock that you jam out to and just let everything go. I have never been to one of Lily Sparks live shows, but this song makes me want to book a flight to New York just so I can hear them in person.

“Let Go” is a sultry little rock song that leads you into temptation and makes you feel good for all the wrong reasons. Again, Niamh’s vocals are stunning in this track, but more over major kudos go to the guitar rifts that are sinister yet extraordinarily sexy.

This may sound a bit out there, but the track “Walk Away” reminds me a lot of Meatloaf’s “Paradise By The Dashboard Light.” Maybe it’s because both tracks are melody driven rock ballads about young love. Whatever the reason, this is one of my favorite tracks off of Cooper Cobra. Still…

“Where Are We Today” is my favorite song on this album! I mentioned earlier that I fell madly in love with Niamh’s voice–this was the track where it happened. This girl has some pipes on her! I compared her to the likes of Ann Wilson and Janis Joplin, but in my opinion she blows them away! She very seriously could be one of the best female rock singers of our time.

The last song on Cooper Cobra is “The Girls.” This track is the perfect end to an amazing album. It’s soft folk-rock vibes just shows how versatile this band really is. Stunning. Simply stunning.

The verdict…

Lily Sparks’s Cooper Cobra is by far one of the best rock albums that I’ve come across. With incredible vocals and a classic rock feel, this is an album for anyone that likes great music. Buy this album!

Via Zack “The Mothman” Daggy